If you’ve used Hulu, you know how to use Academic Earth. It’s a website that features many, if not all, the lectures from Ivy League schools that are open source and available to anyone. The class lectures featured on the site are actually more fun and rewarding than anything currently on Hulu, anyway. I just finished watching a part of Professor David J. Malan discussing the use of HTTP in building dynamic websites and quite impressed with Academic Earth. It’s easy to navigate, view, and learn about your particular topic.
There are many videos of great lectures about online activities (web design, coding, etc.) but also other topics that might be of interest to you:
- *Online Bachelor’s Degrees
- *Online Master’s Degrees
- *Online Professional Certificates
- Computer Science
- Environmental Studies
- International Relations
- Media Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
So what is it?
Academic Earth is a relatively new site (more than 30,000 facebook friends though!) that allows anyone to view some of the most sought-after lectures available from Ivy League universities FOR FREE. The lecturers and professors are absolutely top notch and make learning fun. The only thing you may want to rent (yes rent, not buy) is your economics textbooks from a place like BookRenter.
From their website:
As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning.
We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment in which that content is remarkably easy to use and where user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable.
We invite those who share our passion to explore our website, participate in our online community, and help us continue to find new ways to make learning easier for everyone.
Academic Earth is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Can I get a degree through Academic Earth?
At this point, no. But what you can do is find out what Ivy League schools are offering and see if any of their continuing education programs might be a good fit for you. I might recommend Harvard Extension School, the leading source of continuing education in the U.S. right now. They’re blazing new trails in terms of online content and even online-only classes. Find out how you can get into Harvard through this program. Seriously.